Jazz & Friends National Day of School and Community Readings

Thursday, February 25, 2021

After a national anti-LGBTQ hate group bullied a young transgender girl in Mount Horeb, Wisconsin, her community rallied behind her by hosting a community reading of "I Am Jazz" by transgender advocate Jazz Jennings.

Every year, in honor of the Mount Horeb community’s allyship, communities across the country join HRC's Welcoming Schools program for its annual Jazz & Friends National Day of School and Community Readings in support of transgender and non-binary youth.

Choose a Reading

Community Reading

Organize a private or public reading at your home, local library, bookstore, place of worship or community center.

School Reading 

Organize a reading in your classroom, with your library media specialist, or as a school assembly. 


Register to receive the Welcoming Schools Organizing Kit with lesson prompts and community discussion guides for each book, planning checklist, and social media tips to help you to host a successful event.

What Do the Readings Look Like?

HRC Foundation’s annual Jazz & Friends readings are as diverse as the hosts and communities that come together to read. From a classroom to a living room to a local bookstore to a community park, you can get creative in choosing a venue that best fits your needs!



Check out the online readings of the books for Jazz and Friends below!

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